Earl MacDonald .:|:. Re:VISIONS – [Death Defying Records, 2010]
The multifaceted pianist/composer & arranger Earl MacDonald a native of Winnipeg is currently the director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut. Preceding his present position MacDonald obtained his master’s degree of jazz studies at Rutgers where he also studied with another accomplished pianist named Kenny Barron.
“…an extremely talented pianist and composer with a firm grasp of jazz tradition. He is constantly searching for new ways to express himself through his music.” –Kenny Barron
On this enticing musical journey aptly titled “Re:VISIONS,” MacDonald demonstrates way he’s revered as a unwavering accompanist / improviser whose also been compared to such jazz greats as Don Sebesky, Mike Abene and Slide Hampton according to trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson. MacDonald scores six originals of the nine selections with one co-authored by the late jazz saxophonist Bob Berg … the tunes by MacDonald remarkably capture his vision of marrying these detailed works for a jazz orchestra. Continue reading